Arts in Cultural Diplomacy at World Congress of Sociology

Call for Papers.

The Research Committee for Sociology of Arts, part of the International Sociological Association, will be hosting a session titled Arts in Cultural Diplomacy at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, Australia (June 25-July 1, 2023).  

Founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO, the ISA is the leading scholarly organization for the field of sociology, with around 4,500 members in 167 countries worldwide  

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Here is the abstract for this session:

Arts in Cultural Diplomacy

Researchers are increasingly examining how music and other arts are used in cultural diplomacy initiatives. In such contexts, the arts function as a form of "soft power" that deflects attention to universally appreciated aspects of a local or national culture even under circumstances that are complicated for international or bilateral relations. Cultural diplomacy through arts thereby serves as a bridge that enables reduction of hostilities through affirmation of mutual appreciation and shared humanity. Sociological theory is only beginning to develop adequate explanations of the mechanisms of arts in cultural diplomacy, particularly when it comes to diplomacy of non-western nations toward the west in a postcolonial era. New studies in this field may seek to provide robust quantitative or qualitative descriptions as well as refinement of theoretical models to enhance explanation of phenomena and processes associated with arts diplomacy.

We welcome scholarly papers that are relevant to the topic.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2022